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NHL Winter Classic Rink Update: Friday Afternoon

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With the roads fairly clear this afternoon, I stopped by Wrigley to see the progress they had made. The upright posts -- not sure what you'd call them -- where they slide the glass in, were up today. I'm not quite sure what the contraption is in photo #3, which is in the right field corner. The last photo is of the refrigeration unit and pipes, which are parked on Waveland behind the LF bleachers.

I also learned today that the rink is actually a bit closer to the infield than the original plan -- center ice will be almost exactly on second base, and the near boards will be just short of the pitcher's mound.

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Click on photos to open a larger version in a new browser window. Taken at Wrigley Field, Chicago, Friday, December 19, 2008, approximately 2 pm CST. All photos by Al